In an oft-quoted letter from 29 July, 1782 to Fanny Burney, Edmund Burke comments on how he lives 'in an age distinguished by producing extraordinary women.' Burke has proved his powers of foresight, for it is difficult to speak of the eighteenth century without mention of at least one woman who made a significant impact on European history. How were so many women able to step beyond their conventional roles and cause those such as Burke to take notice?
This session will explore the development/creation of women's social images through art in the eighteenth century. What were the relationships between social and visual images of women? Of particular interest is how art conveyed women's roles in the social spectrum.